Inter defender Yuto Nagatomo is adamant that his side can mount a title challenge this season and believes that summer arrival Antonio Cassano has had a positive effect on the team.
The Nerazzurri currently sit fourth in the Serie A table, four points behind leaders Juventus, and the Japanese full-back insists that the Scudetto remains within reach and that the whole squad is determined to achieve success.
"It's a good time, things are going well and I'm happy," the 26-year-old told Tuttosport.
"We are here to win the Scudetto, the whole team is focused on this goal."
The 2010 Champions League winners recently recorded a 1-0 derby victory over rivals AC Milan, in a match which saw Cassano come up against his old side, following his exit from the Rossoneri this summer.
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And Nagatomo revealed that he has an excellent rapport with the Italy international, who has been teasing him for his first-half red card.
"I still do not understand why the referee [sent me off]. I struggle to understand the decision, but I'm used to respecting the decisions of the referee," the defender opined.
"Cassano teased me about that [red] card. Antonio is my best friend at Inter, I enjoy playing with him."
Inter will resume their Serie A campaign when they welcome Catania to San Siro on October 21.